Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “straight”

straight

adverb
 
 
/streɪt/
DIRECTION A2 in a straight line: It's straight ahead. He was looking straight at me.Geometrical shapesSpherical, circular and annular objectsStraight, even and level
IMMEDIATELY B1 immediately: I went straight back to sleep.Immediately
sit up/stand up straight B2 to sit or stand with your body verticalSitting and standing
not think straight If you cannot think straight, you are not thinking clearly about something: I was so tired, I couldn't think straight.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
tell sb straight (out) to tell someone the truth in a clear way: I told him straight that he wasn't getting a pay increase.Honesty, openness and sincerityBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly
straight away B1 immediately: Go there straight away.Immediately
(Definition of straight adverb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “straight” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

nip

to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More